This year’s World Water Day is about accelerating change, aimed at solving the global water and sanitation crisis. 🌎
Did you know:
💧 1 in 4 people – 2 billion people – around the world lack safe drinking water.
💧 Almost half of the global population – 3.6 billion people – lack safe sanitation.
💧 Globally, 44 per cent of household wastewater is not safely treated.
💧 Wetlands are being drained for agriculture, with more than 50 per cent lost since 1900.
Join us on March 22, from 9am-noon in the University of Guelph SOE atrium (University of Guelph, Thornbrough Building) to learn more about how you can make a difference, and hear talks from John Spoelstra, Bassim Abbassi and Samantha Mehltretter.
Come out to the University of Waterloo’s Farvolden Lecture on Thursday, October 20th at 2 pm in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building! The University Consortium’s PI, Dr. J.F. (Rick) Devlin will be presenting “The Tools of Understanding (because to solve a problem you must first understand it).”
Admission is free, and no registration is required.
September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in support of the Indigenous population.
Indigenous communities are disproportionally impacted by contaminated groundwater and source water protection issues. These communities are faced with considerable barriers including limited access to the technology and financial support necessary to mitigate impacts to groundwater sources.
At Morwick G360, our team is passionate about supporting the Indigenous population through groundwater research, and helping them to overcome these barriers. We currently have ongoing research with the First Nations community in Fort Liard’s Basin, Northwest Territories and source water protection research with the First Nations community in Ontario.
As said by MG360’s Dr. Jana Levison, “We have been working for several years with some community members from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation on source water protection work that is informed by linking Indigenous and scientific research methods. It is a privilege to be able to engage with the community on this important water protection research.”
Tomorrow, please join us in showing your support for the Indigenous population, and WEAR ORANGE!
If you would like to read more about the research MG360 has been doing in Indigenous communities, please refer to the publications below:
Every year, the University of Guelph holds a massive campus-wide open house known as College Royal, the largest university event of its kind in North America. It has been a Morwick G360 tradition for our graduate students to take part in this celebration, teaching the general public and potential future students about how groundwater research is carried out and why studying this vital resource is so important.
Quite a few families stop by, and many people were curious to hear about Morwick G360’s research. Popular questions from visitors concerned the nature of Guelph groundwater supply, possible threats and safety measures taken to avoid contamination and over pumping, and questions about water hardness.
The rock core and flow tank displays offered a bit of hands-on hydrogeological learning. Some younger visitors wondered what sort of undergraduate program would lead to a career in the field, while older visitors who were already well versed in geology were keen to talk shop and engage on topics of local importance with regard to groundwater protection.
A big thank you to the team of graduate students who came out to make College Royal such a success this year. As the first ‘in-person’ event for many of us after several years of virtual gatherings, it was great to see such enthusiasm. Groundwater is a key resource that’s worth understanding, for scientists and the public alike. We’re excited to continue to share our research through similar outreach activities going forward, and we can be reached anytime at email@example.com.